This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on industrial-employee relations.
December 15, 2017 Subject:
It might sound funny to you, but...
Employee pilferage can be a serious problem, especially in large industrial outfits. I remember my dad's old company from years ago. They always had employees nicking small items (and by small I mean anything as large as heaters and bulldozer tyres), but at one point in particular, they had a serious problems with scrap metal theft, especially copper wire.
It got so bad that not only the entire factory, but even the employee housings got affected. Blackouts were everyday occurence. They were calculating their copper wire lossage literally in kilometres. He told ne an anecdote of how he stopped a guy who was trying to get 30 metres of wire out by wrapping it around his body. He would have gotten away with it if someone didn't helpfully point out that the kindly town heroin addict had grown several sizes in girth overnight.
That technique of hiding valuable items in a truck bed under a pile of scrap metal is a favourite of theirs, but for a more detailed list, see Shoplifters elsewhere on the archive.
A perimeter fence might be the first step against plant pilferage, but the fence in and of itself can be a target. The problem got so bad that even the barbed wire over the fences, and even small and large segments of the fence itself got stolen!
God, this film ended up reviving so many old memories.
April 22, 2011 Subject:
hate plant pilferage
my friend duz it a lot to my stash
April 21, 2011 Subject:
1960s hair could happen to YOU!
Film presenting employee thievery and ways to prevent it.
Unfortunately the presentation is one sided at best. Employees are shown to be ruthless pilferers or complaisant conspirators. Not one is shown to "do the right thing" and a couple of times, once at the beginning, they are shown going on an orgiastic pilfering frenzy, manically grabbing everything they can get their hands on. Management is only once admonished to not set a bad example (by using company workers on private projects).
Also, what are they doing with some of these things they steal? Some dude swipes a... stepper motor?
Finally, the music and closing credits are just bizzare. A saxophone?
April 20, 2011 Subject:
The young kid in the elevator at the beginning is Martin Milner later to star in TV's cop show Adam 12. This film is awesome,love the old geezer pouting at the start! Classic!